Immediately, when one thinks about what pairs well with a nice juicy steak, the answer most people give is wine. I think it’s because wine surrenders herself over to steak, like the fine mane of beauty itself.
Wine embellishes the taste of a medium rare sirloin, and while not allowing her taste to steal the moment from steak, wine gracefully bows out after each swallow. Just like a fine wine. I think nihonshu (rice beer) is just as graceful and should be spotlighted for her loveliness as well. Suginamiki is what the brew masters call her; she’s young and vivacious, yet very disciplined for her age. She’s a nama which means she has living enzymes that keep her fresher and younger tasting than all the rest of her contemporaries.
She’s also a honjozo nama which means she’s a bit more charming and aromatic as well.
Her date for tonight was Tochigi Beef which is known through out Tohoku as a championship beef in itself. Here at the Cowherd of Nasu Shiobara was my golden chance to try this much acclaimed Japanese beef. I wasn’t disappointed at all. For once I had a normal steak that didn’t melt in your mouth like some premium steaks would. This steak was nice and juicy, but it didn’t end there, I ordered up a beef stew and a hamburger patty to boot even though I was almost full from the sirloin steak set.
In the end, I finished everything I had ordered with the help of my darling suginamiki and her elegant charms.